Real Madrid are finally ready to make it happen. The Kylian Mbappe story that has been chasing them as much as they have been chasing the Frenchman himself could finally come to a conclusion this summer.
Fresh reports from Fabrizio Romano claim that Real Madrid are ‘very confident’ about signing Mbappe in the summer. His contract with PSG clocks up on June 30th 2024, after which he is expected to move to Spain.
People close to the club and particularly club president Florentino Perez believe that this time, the club have done enough to push the deal over the line, and that they have everything ready for his arrival.
Even the important players and heavyweights in the dressing room of Real Madrid are confident of Mbappe’s transfer to the Santiago Bernabeu.
The likes of Vinicius Jr have publicly hinted at the same through their likes on Instagram and cryptic statements in the press.
There is a catch, however. Mbappe, at PSG, is the highest-paid player in Europe by some distance. Madrid are understandably not ready to match or even come close to his reported salary of €72 million.
The message from Madrid is clear; they are ready to push through with the move this year, but at their own conditions. They will not comply with the Frenchman’s demands, and if he wants to move, he must surrender a large chunk of his ‘PSG privileges’.
Despite this, both parties are very positive about the move. Mbappe will pocket a huge signing bonus, and the highest wages at Real Madrid, La Liga, and possibly even Europe after his move, which gives him little to complain about.
Ancelotti apologised to Real Madrid youngster after substitution incident vs Sevilla – report
According to journalist Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti has apologised to youngster Arda Guler after last night’s substitution incident against Sevilla.
When Real Madrid played host to Sevilla, Los Blancos were desperately trying to find a breakthrough and amidst that, Ancelotti decided to introduce Guler, but his decision quickly changed soon after Luka Modric scored.
The 19-year-old wonderkid was close to come onto the pitch and was receiving instructions from the coaches, before being asked to sit back on the bench.
Why was Guler sent back?
Just as the former Fenerbahce midfielder was gearing up to enter the field, Modric scored from the edge of the area to put Real Madrid in lead.
In response, the manager called an impromptu discussion with one of his assistants, conveying a sense of calm through various gestures, signalling a decision to delay the planned substitutions.
Having overcome the challenge of breaking through Sevilla’s defence, the coach opted to bring in a player with the ability to control the possession and provide some solidity on the field.
Eventually, Dani Ceballos was called into action and Guler was ordered to go back to the bench. Explaining his decision after the game, Ancelotti explained that before Modric’s goal, he had some plans for Guler but all that changed after his side went a goal up.
“I had a thought before the goal and I changed my mind after the goal and I preferred to bring on a more defensive player such as Ceballos. I think he understands it very well and if he doesn’t, that’s fine,” said the manager.
Guler’s presence on the field has been extremely limited this season, with only five appearances, one of which was as a starter in the Copa del Rey match against Arandina.
His involvement in league matches has been brief, featuring in the final stages against Las Palmas, Girona and Rayo which is why he has had minimal opportunities to showcase his talents.